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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Update I DID IT I DID IT


I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT!! And I wasn't even paying attention. This week I started out with less than 3k words needed to get to my 50,000 word goal. I knew that going in, but then forgot about it. With the book signing and a few other things going on, I simply wasn't paying as much attention to word totals as I had been. As of yesterday, which happens to be the last time I wrote, I am sitting at 53,479 words. Now, of course, I am not done with the story. So, I am going to keep the  total running as I write for the rest of this month and just see how far I do get. 

As for my esoteric part of the post (boy do I have a high opinion of what I blog about, don't I?) I am going to say this......



WOOO-HOOOO!!!






Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------------------------------------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)
Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3------------------------------------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)
Day 22: 1,466 words
Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words
                                   -------------------- 53,479 total 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Update week 3

So, it isn't quite 3 weeks yet, one day short of that. But, tomorrow is a big day for me and I don't think I will be able to blog anything then. So, one day ahead of three weeks. As you can see from the totals below I am sitting at 47,536 words this month so far. So, I am pretty far ahead of myself. I only hope the book as actually good.

Asahina Miyagi 
For this update I want to talk about a part of my writing, animal people. If you haven't noticed already, I draw and write a lot about anthropomorphic animals. What is that giant word you might ask, when you create anything that is anthropomorphic you combine a non-human thing with human characteristics. A talking car, or blob of dough in a commercial are anthropomorphic creations. In my case, I take human elements and morph them together with animals. I have always been fascinated by these characters and wanted to write stories about them.

Superhero Bark 
There are quite a few artist/authors out there that do the same thing. I am not alone, but I try to make mine unique in some ways. When drawing and describing them I try to make sure that the biology is remotely believable. The person standing on tall dog-like legs tends to make me thing, 'that would be a  balancing nightmare'. Or the paws instead of feet and/or hands give me pause, it is my belief that we are designed with the shape of our hands and feet to function correctly for our body types, paws are meant for running and pouncing. Lastly, the face. When an anthropomorphic creature has a considerably more animal face than human, I begin to ask some questions about how that would work physically. I know that I add a touch of muzzle to my anthro people, but to me when I see an anthro person with a face that has the jaw line, muzzle, nose, and cheeks of a canine or feline type, I stop and think to myself how that those facial features are there to help the animal that is low to the ground and uses its face only to eat. An animals face is not designed to speak clearly and emote in humanistic ways. So, I try to adopt more human face with animal touches. Of course this is all just my opinion, as all these creations are pure imagination. I simply feel that the reader/viewer will relate better to a person that seems a more logical creation.

Treb the Rakki
As for the term furry. I guess that can be applied to what I create. Furry is a slang for Anthropomorphic animal/people, as in they are furry. But, as with much slang this day and age, it has a double entendre that leads to a very pornographic sub-culture. I do not go there and do not wish to be equated with such things, so I don't refer to what I write or draw as furry.

Shra'Kara of Aldaria 
I do get asked by people, you know who you are, about the fact that my writing tends to have this in it. I have even been made fun of for it, or have people tell me that I 'need' to write regular stuff as well. Here is my answer. I like to write and draw this, what is wrong with that? If you want Fiction with regular human characters, there are a lot of really awesome authors out there for you. If you do not like Anthro work, don't read what I write.




Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------------------------------------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)
Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words 
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3-------------------------------------- 19,588 ( 47,536 total) 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Update week 2: Inspiration Room.

Well, I just finished my work for the 14th day. Yes, two weeks into my own personal NaNo and I am on track. As you can see by the numbers at the bottom of this post, I have a grand total so far of 27,948 words for the month of January.

To celebrate, I am going to write up a post about me. Okay, that sounded conceited. The post is a look into how I write. This one is about my inspiration room. ( Inspiration room: noun, madeupword: A room filled with items, pictures, and various artifacts that inspire writers/artists to create.)

Since I was a child I loved to make up stories about things. I played with toys like nobody else. Every toy had a story, every thing I touched had a story. When I was bored I could conjure up all sorts of legends about the silliest objects. As I grew up I am happy to say that I am not without a few toys around me. No, I don't run around in the yard playing with them anymore, (just inside) but I do draw inspiration from them. And, not everything around me is a toy, but something fascinating in its own way. I fill my space around where I write with stuff that excites and endears the imagination. When Kim posted that writing contest and I sat in my room thinking about what kind of story I wanted to write, I looked to what was around me. And, behold, I found a story in a bubble wand. Well, not your ordinary bubble wand. This wand was crafted by a local artisan that uses wire, wood, and marbles to craft artistic bubble wands. He was selling them at Dollywood during a festival a few years back and I got one. This one was the most unique he had at the time and I just loved it. The moment I picked it up I knew that one day I would tell its story. I will post about the wand itself in a later post. Hey, I need to keep some material for future posts.





This is the bubble wand in question. Most of his were hearts and stars, which looked fine. But, this one caught my eye. 



Now to tell you more about my inspirations. 



Left: This kimono was found on ebay by my mother. It is a festival kimono that kids wear. Beautiful stitching on the back.


Right: I have a few castles from the old Enchanted Kingdoms castle collection, such beautiful work. Notice the Enterprise flying by. Yup, I still have toys hanging around.

 I collect snowflake ornaments. I love the ornate
design and delicate beauty of the snowflake






As you should probably have guessed, I like big cats.
This little pride hangs around my left side of the computer.
You can see that the female protects my writing notes.





                   









My father found this for me. This
warrior keeps an eye on the right side
of my computer



I have collected rocks for over twenty years
a friend of mine is a 40 year veteran geologist. When
he decided to clean out his stock, I grabbed up what I
wanted. I don't put faith in crystals, but I am inspired
to write fantasy because of them









                 
     
Here are some of my recent additions. These
are fossils found by my friend when he was
working with the road system. Yes, everything
you see is either rock or animal, even the cork
screw looking thing in the bottom left. 























Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------------------------------------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.) 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Update: Day 11


Well, I am at Day 11 of my NaNo month. As you can see from the numbers below, I am sitting at 20,664 words. Now, I am actually over 30,000 words since I had already started working on this story before this started.


For this updates post, I wanted to introduce you to one of the main characters in the book. First, I think it best to tell you about the Rakki. The Rakki are one of the races of Gallenor. Known as Dogkind among the rest of Gallenor, Rakki are a canine like race of people with thick coats of fur, a muzzle for an upper lip, and a shaggy tail. Rakki are lore keepers with one of the most impressive libraries in the known world. They make their home in the forests and their armies are manned by the best archers of any of the races.

Among the most talented of the archers is Treb. Treb, husband of Kiin, is a fearsome warrior, skilled archer, loyal officer, loving husband, and slightly over protective father.

Treb is a smart, calm, honest character with an innate sense of honor. He is not nearly old enough to have a sixteen year old daughter. But, that has not stopped him from being the best father to his adopted daughter that he can be. Some days, though, he tends to be a little too protective of her, especially when it comes to boys. Treb is the most well trained and highest ranked archer of the Rakki warriors. He and his wife spend a lot of time patrolling their forests for imps, a plague that seems to never go away. Though tactically minded and strictly loyal to his people, he is not emotionless. When his wife gives him a command, he follows, when his daughter is scared or hurt, he holds her until she is done crying. Both he and his wife join Markus on his journey to find the Dragonwand and hopefully free the wizards of Gallenor.







Word Count update:
Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ------------------------------------ 13,434 words
Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Own NaNo day 7

As I posted before, I am doing my own NaNo this month. The story is taking some new directions and I am having fun with a little of the character development.

One of the aspects of this story that I wanted to add was adoption. In children's literature, being adopted is often shown negatively. Think of Cinderella or Harry Potter? Step parents and adoptive parents are usually shown in bad lights in children's stories. I am not saying that is bad writing or a terrible idea. I thought Harry Potter was done beautifully. But, I got to wondering about the kids who had a good life with adoptive parents. There are many of them and I am not sure how well that is represented. So, for this book I decided to give one of the two teenagers the backstory of having been adopted. And, her adoptive parents are loving and kind. In fact, her parents are an integral part of the story and make up the team who are heading off on their journey. As such, I get to bring in the family dynamic all the way through. I don't expect to win awards or change the literary world, but perhaps a child out there that is happily adopted will find pleasure in reading of that in a fantasy novel.

Totals as of Day 7:


Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Total: 13,434 words so far

Goal: 50,000 or more.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Update 01/02/2013

I am doing my own version of NaNoWriMo this month. I have set a goal of 50,000 words or more by the end of the month onto the current project. I anticipate that I will have gotten very close to finishing it by that point. The project is the Dragonwand story I posted about recently. It will be a challenge, but I believe I can meet it.

Today marks day two of my project. Yesterday I was able to add 3,217 words. Today I added a meager 585. But, today was a smoothing out day. I had some major alterations to the story to make so it would flow as one single plotline. I know that the challenge of the NaNo is to write without correcting, so to just focus on the construction first. But, I feel that the story needs to flow as a single thought before I can keep working. If I stray toward a different ending than my first idea, then I go back and rework the story so that it is harmonious.

Here's to 50k (or more) by 1/31/13